Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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You'll find our small Christian Bookshop is located next to the church in Shanklin, High Street

Opening Hours Monday - Friday (and some Saturdays): 10:00 - 13:00

Our bookshop has a selection of Bibles and books, a wide range of greetings cards (most of which include a scripture verse), CDs and some small gifts.

We also have a range of 'previously owned' Christian books for sale.

If you find that we don't have what you want in stock, we may be able to order it for you - just ask.

You'll find a warm welcome from one of our team of volunteers


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There are lots of resources available to help people engage with the Bible on a daily basis; from signing up to receive daily emails to more traditional booklets of dated material produced at intervals throughout the year. There are also books designed to supply a year’s worth of devotional material in a single volume. Some of these books provide a more flexible approach than dated material - one book which gives a choice of different options on how it is used through a year is ‘a Year’s Journey with God’ by Jennifer Rees Larcombe. Each page is dated and so can be read following chronological calendar dates but there is also a list at the back with the readings rearranged into themes. Themes include angels, understanding grief, coping with change, forgiveness, faith, prayer, hymns (and how they came to be written) and dogs (lessons learnt via dogs). In this book the author uses Bible verses, devotional thoughts and practical advice for each day’s entry. She draws on her own experiences, her interest in the countryside, her dogs and her garden as she explores different aspects of faith. Jennifer Rees Larcombe is the author of several books as well as being in demand as a conference speaker and retreat leader. (£10.99)

Another book which offers a flexible approach is ’Knowing God through the year’ by J I Packer. This book contains a year’s worth of devotions and as the entries are not dated the book can be started anywhere you choose and you can move around the book as you please. For each day there is a short scripture, then a passage by J I Packer related to the scripture, finishing with an idea for prayer or reflection. The entries are designed to fill six days a week and so leaves one day per week ‘free’ allowing for disruption to devotional times and extra time to go back and spend more time on some of the suggestions at the end of each devotional entry. At the back of the book there is an index of hymns referred to in the book. (£9.99)

J I Packer is a well known and respected theologian. He was born in Gloucester and was able to study at Oxford as he obtained a scholarship. In an interview for ‘Christianity’ magazine back in 2016 he shared the story of his journey to faith in Jesus. While he was still at school he began to think more about Christianity and he read lots of books about it. Soon after he arrived in Oxford he went to the Christian Union and he heard an evangelistic sermon at a service they had arranged. He doesn’t remember the first part of the sermon but in the second part of the sermon the preacher told the story of his own conversion and that had a great impact on Packer. He realised he needed to welcome Jesus into his life and by the end of the service he was a Christian. Although he has served as an Anglican minister most of his career has been as a teacher, author and speaker. Later in his career he moved to Canada where he has now lived for many years.

Getting to know God better is the theme of a children’s book by J John. In his book he takes a different approach to many other Bible story books for children. Rather than simply telling stories from the Bible he talks of why these stories are important and of what it can mean to really know God. The title of the book is ‘Knowing God’ and it begins with a section with the heading ‘About God’. Further section headings are ‘About us’, ‘About what God did’, ‘About what we should do’ and ‘About being a follower of Jesus Christ’. He talks of life being a big and sometimes scary adventure and of how it’s good to have someone with you on the adventure. The book is a colourful, large format paperback aimed at young children. (£4.99)

As usual the bookshop will be closed between Christmas and New Year - to give all our volunteers a break and to allow for the annual stocktaking to be carried out.

**** We wish all bookshop customers a blessed Christmas ****

Page Last Updated 29 December 2018

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